It’s Just a Season

standard January 27, 2016 Leave a response

Our family has a saying that we commonly use if things in our lives start to get crazy and we begin to feel overwhelmed:

“It’s just a season.”  

I have always loved this expression because it helps remind me to take a deep breath and remember that whatever I am going through is just for a season and this particular season won’t last forever.  My dad also says, “It’s not eternal,” which is essentially the same thing, but it helps put things in a spiritual perspective.

I wonder if you’re feeling like me today and you need the reminder that the season you are currently in is not eternal, even if it may feel that way at the moment.  Maybe you are a young woman waiting on Prince Charming to make his grand appearance into your life and you are beginning to think that he should learn how to stop and ask for directions based on how long it’s taking him to get to you (Been there!).  Or maybe you’ve just had your first baby and you now have firsthand knowledge of why sleep deprivation is used as a torture tactic to break down the minds of criminals in the prisons (Can I get a witness?!).  Or possibly you have a loved one serving overseas and you are counting down the days, hours, and minutes until he/she is safely home.  You tell yourself, “It’s just a season, right?”

That’s exactly right.  And thank the Lord, we are not alone in all this.  Solomon (as in the wisest man who ever lived) did some pondering of the seasons as well in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.

For everything there is a season,
  a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
  A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
  A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
  A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
  A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
  A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
  A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
  A time for war and a time for peace.

The wonderful thing about these verses is that every “low” season has a counter “high” season. Part of living in a fallen world is dealing with hard or low seasons, but if we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, we are guaranteed victory.

Are you in a time of planting in your job or at home?  There’s good news! A harvest is coming.
Is God telling you to tightly hold on to something, or is it time to let it go?
Has your heart been torn apart by a severed relationship? Your God can tenderly mend it.
Are you rightfully grieving an unthinkable loss?  Take hold of the promise that you will dance again.

It’s true. For everything there is a season.

But here’s the best part!  Solomon goes on to tell us in verse 11, “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”  

Isn’t that the truth?  Even though we cannot see how this season will work itself out, God sees! And not only does He see, but He makes the result beautiful.

The takeaway from today’s Reflecting Light is this: should you find yourself in a challenging season of life, remember that God is in control. Take a deep breath in and release it slowly.  Close your eyes and repeat after me,  “It’s just a season.”  And then believe in your heart of hearts that everything is made beautiful in its own time. 

Stained Glass

standard May 12, 2015 Leave a response

The following post is written by Lindsay King.  She describes herself as a simple, southern mama with a wonderful husband and three kids. She has spent the last decade training in speech-language pathology, becoming a mom, and learning how to lead others in Bible study. Lindsay is looking forward to this new season of life as she gets back to the basics of growing in God and taking care of her family. You can follow Lindsay’s blog at withquiethands.com. She views it as a space where she can share her love for the Lord and her love for creating. Enjoy!

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I was trying to listen to the message in our last Bible study class of the year, really I was; but I couldn’t help but be mesmerized by the bright colors spreading across the sanctuary. The sun had returned and was projecting radiant hues of color over us all. I had admired the stained-glass before, but today was especially radiant because it had been several weeks since the sun shone during our lecture time. The entire sides of the sanctuary are covered in glass that tell stories…the men, the lives, the struggles, the heartache, the victory, the hope… giant illustrations of those we study by page for guidance in how to do this life… And the biggest, most colorful one of all is the rainbow-filled glass above the altar. It has more lines and fragments than I could count, and holds every color you could imagine. Because of where the sun was that time of day, it was magnificent.

And as the fractals spread over us like a beautiful, multi-colored quilt, the Spirit began to whisper to my heart.

People are like stained-glass.

Each of us with a unique and intricate design. Each of us made for a purpose. Each of us covered in stains.

For some of us, life is crafted in great struggle and heartache and triumph; a vivid illustration of courage and perseverance. For some, the lines are seemingly ordered and systematic, and the colors are soft; a testament of kindness and grace. Still for others of us, the lines are many and seemingly random, and the stains numerous with every color present; an evident mix of a brilliant creator and the scars of obvious sin.

Surrounded by clouds, the glass lies flat. Still intricately designed, yet dull. Lifeless. But when the clouds are swept away, the sun brings the images and colors to life. Vivid, dancing, reaching beyond themselves.

May we have the courage to ask God to remove the clouds of sin in our lives, so the brilliance of the Son may shine through.

After all, He does beautiful things with stains.

“For once you were full of darkness, but now you have the light from the Lord. So live as people of the light!” (Ephesians 5:8 NLT)